UAM Carries Momentum In Week 3

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv Sports reflection 10dbMONTICELLO – Coming off a 42-34 victory Southeastern Oklahoma State last Saturday at home, the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team is hoping to carry over that success into this weekend’s home contest against the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State.

   Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept, 21 at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. The game can be heard over the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in addition to live audio and video streaming coverage at uamsports.com. Live statistics of the game can also be found at uamsports.com.

   The Weevils are 1-1 overall with the same mark in the Great American Conference following its win over Southeastern last Saturday, while the Rangers have started the 2013 season 0-2 with a 69-0 setback to Harding on the road last Saturday in their most recent contest.

   UAM head football coach Hud Jackson visited with uamsports.com on Wednesday’s to recap last weekend’s win over Southeastern and to preview this Saturday’s game against Northwestern. To view the entire interview, visit the following link: http://youtu.be/HzTDyWITrlw. Coach Jackson’s radio show from this past Monday night can be heard at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCX8ptASEfc&feature=share&list=PL4qgAiw3ef_f9S5n2YJnEVR2CvLQo_Reb.

WEEK 3 STORYLINES

BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK
   The UAM Football team snapped an 11-game losing streak last Saturday in a 42-34victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State at home. That was UAM’s first win since the season-opening 78-0 win over College of Faith in week one of the 2012 season.

LOOKING FOR REVENGE
   The Boll Weevils will be looking to even the score this Saturday against Northwestern Oklahoma State, which defeated UAM 38-35 at Cotton Boll Stadium in the 2012 season finale. UAM led 21-14 at halftime, but NWOSU outscored the Weevils 24-14 in the final 30 minutes highlighted by 375 yards of offense in the second half only. NWOSU gained a total of 367 rushing yards in the game, 277 coming in the second half.

THE BOLL WEEVILS
   UAM ranks second in the GAC and 15th in all of the NCAA Division II in passing offense with an average of 349 yards per game through the air after two weeks of play in the 2013 season. Sophomore quarterback Colton Morrison bounced back from a three-interception game in the season opener to throw for 345 yards,four touchdowns and no interceptions in last Saturday’s win over Southeastern. He is now 63-of-91 through the air with 586 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions after two games. Sophomore Cody Bordelon remains the team leader in receptions despite just two catches in the win over Southeastern. He now has a total of 16 catches for 150 yards with one touchdown. UAM was led by junior Skyler Scott and senior Jamal Nixon in the win over Southeastern. Scott had a career-high 165 yards on eight receptions, including three touchdowns in that win, while Nixon had seven catches for 151 yards after being limited to just two catches against East Central… Defensively, junior linebacker Keith Reynolds leads the Great American Conference with 19 total tackles and an average of 9.5 tackles per game. UAM ranks seventh in total defense in the GAC and fourth in passing defense.

SKYLER SCOTT NAMED GAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
   Junior wide receiver Skyler Scott was named the Great American Conference Offensive Co-Player of the Week for hisefforts in UAM’s win over SE Oklahoma State last Saturday. TheLancaster, Texas native turned in best performance of his career in the win with eight receptions for 165 yards with three touchdowns. His touchdown catches were 14, 4 and 66 yards, while also adding a 61-yard reception late in the game.

MONEY DOWN
   UAM leads the GAC in third-down defense, holding its opponents to just a 24.1 percent conversion rate on third downs. UAM’s opponents are 7-for-29 on third-down conversions this season. East Central was just 1-for-12 on third downs against UAM, while Southeastern Oklahoma State converted just 3-of-13 third down attempts last Saturday.

BALL HOG
   Junior cornerback Mike Early picked off two passes in last Saturday’s 42-34 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State, one of which returned for 46 yards and the other on a deep pass with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Early also added a total of eight tackles in the win, seven of which were unassisted.

TACKLING MACHINE
   Junior linebacker Keith Reynolds leads the Great American Conference with 19 total tackles for an average of 9.5 tackles per game. He had nine tackles in the season-opening loss to East Central and 10 tackles in last Saturday’s win over Southeastern Oklahoma State. He has two tackles for a loss, while also breaking up four passes throughout the first two games.

SCOUTING THE RANGERS
   NW Oklahoma State is off to a rocky start to the 2013 season at 0-2 after a 38-10 loss to Arkansas Tech in the season-opener followed by a 69-0 setback at Harding last Saturday. The Rangers are near the bottom of most GAC statistical categories, including last in scoring offense, last in total offense, last in rushing defense and last in passing offense. Running back Javari Liggins returns for the Rangers. Liggins rushed for 221 on 28 carries last season against UAM. Through two games this year, Liggins is averaging 39.5 yards per game with a total of 21 carries for 79 yards. NWOSU had to go to its third-string quarterback in last week’s loss to Harding after the first two signal-callers went down with injuries. Both of those injured quarterbacks are back on the depth chart for tonight’s game. Freshman Reid Miller is slated to start after totaling 12 completions on 35 attempts with 91 yards through the first two games of the season… Derrick Thompson paced the NWOSU defense with 15 total tackles through two games for an average of 7.5 tackles per game, ranking ninth in the GAC… NWOSU’s Traveon Kelly ranks fourth in the GAC in kickoff returns with an average of 25 yards per attempt. He also has seven tackles and two passes defended throughout the first two games of the season… NWOSU is the league’s lowest penalized team with a two-game total of 11 penalties for 107 yards, an average of 53.5 penalty yards per game.

COACHES
   The Boll Weevils are led by third-year head coach Hud Jackson, who has compiled a 7-17 record throughout his first 24 games patrolling the UAM sidelines. Jackson led the2011 Weevils to a 5-6 finish and a fourth place finish in the GAC. Jackson followed with a 1-10 finish in the 2012 season. Prior to UAM, Jackson spent six years as assistant head coach at Central Arkansas following a 13-year high-school coaching career in his home state of Louisiana, most recently the head football coach and athletic director at Central Catholic High School in Morgan City… NWOSU is led by second-year head coach Alan Hall, who led the team to a 4-7 record in the program’s first year of NCAA Division II provisional status. Hallpreviously served as the head coach and athletic director at Baptist Bible School in Savannah, Ga. He has also been an assistant coach at schools such as Newberry (D2), Savannah State (D1) and Winston-Salem. Hall was the backup quarterback at Miami during Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torreta’s time with the Hurricanes. Last December, Hall was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma cancer, but it was announced this past June that he is remission after a Pet Scan revealed no malignancy.

UP NEXT
   The Weevils take their longest road trip of the season next Saturday, Sept. 28 to Weatherford, Okla. to take on the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs. SWOSU is undefeated to start the 2013 season with wins over Harding and Arkansas Tech in the previous two weeks. The Bulldogs are in Magnolia this Saturday to take on Southern Arkansas.

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